Sipping on my coffee and chasing flies, I waited for the Dogs to rise and shine. They seemed dead to the world as the sun rose above the tree tops. It was after 07:00 am and I had already encountered a Hyena on the road less than a 100 meters away from where the dogs were sleeping, but the Dogs were oblivious to what was going on. That Hyena had a good smell around my car then pushed off after checking the area for any interesting scraps to eat.
Maybe they needed the rest if they had still hunted when I left them yesterday at sunset; regardless, I had now been waiting for two hours for them to seize the day. I found myself testing out a natural insect repellent’s ability to immobilize the flies swarming around me. The pump action spray nozzle does nothing more than wet their wings, leaving me to deliver the final blow. I put up a brave fight, but it was a never ending battle and I forced myself to ignore the critters.
So eventually we had movement and I thought for sure they would be hunting. This was not to be, they moved a hundred meters or so to a nearby pan and took another nap. They also seem to be in grooming mode, doing a lot of ear cleaning and Jiggy is showing a lot of affection towards Puzzles.
Just before I was sure they were staying there for the day they humored me with a nice fresh dip in the pan, followed by some sporting play. Well, they saved me from some hard negotiating of the Mopane trees and I was happy to spend the time chilling in the bush. The afternoon was a different story, they really put my off-road driving abilities to the test, but it seems like they went to sleep hungry.